Buick tops the list of new cars dumped within a year

Car research website iSeeCars found which cars get sold after just one year of ownership.

Car research website iSeeCars analyzed which cars are most likely to get sold after just one year of ownership.
Car research website iSeeCars analyzed which cars are most likely to get sold after just one year of ownership. –Flickr/Creative Commons

Some cars keep getting dumped, according to car research website iSeeCars.

The Woburn-based auto search engine recently analyzed which new cars are most likely to be sold after just one year of ownership. The company identified seven 2014 models that seem to be failing to meet owners’ standards. With 10.7 percent being sold after one year, the Buick Regal came in at No. 1, with the Chevrolet Sonic (8.9 percent sold) and BMW X1 (7.8 percent sold) taking the second and third spots.

“I think it could be around dissatisfaction with the car, be it that they may not be as comfortable to drive as people would like,’’ iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly said.


Here’s the full list of cars that owners sell most after one year:

iSeeCars examined 5 million new 2014 model year cars, of different sizes and price points, sold between September 2013 and March 2014, then checked back one year later to see what percentage of those cars were sold as “used’’ with 10,000 to 15,000 miles on the odometer. They analysts pinpointed which models stood out for having a significantly larger percentage of new cars resold as used than the average of 2.7 percent.

Ly said some of the findings initially surprised him. “I was sort of surprised that BMW and Mercedes would be on the list because of their perceived reputation for creating really high quality vehicles,’’ Ly said. But Ly said since the Mercedes Benz C-Class and BMW X1 are entry-level models, consumers might have felt a disconnect between what they expected in a luxury brand, and what they found in these models.

Other findings were less surprising, Ly said. Marketing information firm J.D. Power ranked all seven cars with an average of three stars or worse in the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Initial Quality Study, which surveys consumers after 90 days of ownership.

“They do give out four and five stars to cars,’’ Ly said. “So all seven of these cars have average or below-average quality scores, which could point to people that weren’t as happy with the car as they initially thought.’’ Further research showed that complaints have been made about seat comfort in the Buick Regal, and interior quality of the Chevrolet Cruze and Sonic, Ly said.


Ly hopes the list helps car shoppers decide between similar models. “When people buy cars, maybe the initial test drive doesn’t give the full picture,’’ Ly said.

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